Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 9:31 Politics
Regions opt for harsher punishment for attacking police

In his July 15 story for Radio Svoboda, Dmytro Barkar says the Regions lawmakers insist for heavier punishment for attacking police precincts, pointing the finger at the opposition for inciting Ukrainians to violent protests. The opposition, however, says the police violence has crossed the line and is breeding protests.

In Kyiv Svyatoshyno the opposition picketed the rayon precinct demanding punishment for one of its officers who had hit an activist, Iryna Bondar.

In the clash with the police 11 riot police officers claimed they had received injuries and were taken to hospital. But NGOs say they have footage showing Svyatoshyno precinct deputy head instructing his men to report even the minor injuries.

The activists, therefore, accuse the “hurt” policemen of pretending.
With 4 days after the accident, the police say they are looking for police attackers.

Regions main spokesman, Volodymyr Olijnyk, says the attackers must be brought to trial.

His colleague Mykola Dzhyha says the Regions are drawing up a bill to impose harsher responsibility for attacking the police.

SVOBODA’s Andry Illenko, however, says tightening the screws will backlash on the authorities. The existing police brutality, flagrant violation of the law and anti-Ukrainian behavior has reached a boiling point. 

Says Illenko,” The police have crossed the line in their audacity and anti-Ukrainian feelings. They torture, kill, rape, cover up drug traffic, indulge in bribe-taking and political repression. No wonder they provoked the hate of Ukrainians.” 

Monday, 25 January, 2016, 15:40 Politics

As of today, the notoriously corrupt road police has been cancelled by Hatija Dekanoidze, head of the National Police of Ukraine, told journalists at Busk road checkpoint Jan. 25.

 “There won’t be any former road police officers on the highways going via the Lviv oblast. The 500 km of the highways will be now patrolled by the newly formed police,” she said. 

The dismissed road police officers will undergo stringent checks to be accepted by the new force, Dekanoidze said.

 “The time of extortion and bribe-taking is over. The new police will serve Ukrainians, not rob them,” the official said. 

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016, 19:34 Economy

As the screening of policemen in Ukraine goes ahead, out of the present 170,000-strong force 50,000 will lose their jobs, DW reports Jan. 20.

However, experts point out that many of them won’t be able to switch careers, since the job opportunities are scarce due to the on-going economic crisis.

There are fears that many dismissed policemen will eventually join criminal gangs.

The authorities are running programs to help the dismissed policemen switch careers.

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Friday, 1 January, 2016, 22:21 Politics

The head of the national police of Ukraine, Hatiya Dekanoidze, met the New Year patrolling the streets of the Ukrainian capital, the police say.

Ms Dekanoidze, an ex-minister of Georgia who was invited by Pres Poroshenko to come to Ukraine to reform its police, inspected several police precincts and went on the beat on Sofiyivska square.

Ms Dekanoidze contributed much to the creation of the new police. Many foreign countries sent generous help – cars, uniforms, equipment – to help in the project.

Monday, 28 December, 2015, 16:58 Politics

“Part of the sacked officers contested the sacking and were reinstated by courts,” Lviv police sheriff Dmytro Zaharia said Dec. 28.

Lviv oblast Governor Oleh Synuytka said the rulings passed by such judges are to be analyzed and considered during the attestation of judges.

This year, 1,233 policemen have been sacked, including 94 due to retirement age, 227 due to poor health, 492 due to restructuring. 

56 policemen failed during the probation period, 37 were sacked for discipline offenses, and 13 for committing crimes.

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